Monday, November 12, 2012

Beads of courage ~charm swap the Great reveal!!!

I participated in a lovely charm swap for  Beads of Courage Which is a organization that collects beads and uses them to help uplift children in hospitals , they also sell beads on there website and the money goes to helping the organization.

Well we all did Art charms to swap and the them was laughter .   we had to make 11 Charms and send them to the host of the swap , and we got 11 charms back including one of our own , I had SOOO much fun ( it also inspired me to get the book Making Mixed~medis Art Charms & Jewelry by peggy Krzyzewski & Christine Hansen , that book has sooo many AWESOME idears for charms I really recommend any jewelry maker, or artist to grab the book to check it out !)

Any way , I thought and thought about it , I wanted to make A charm that was not to complicated , Knowing i had to make 11 of them , something that would be sturdy , and that would in some way communicate laughter and something about children , wile the charm was not being given to children , I thought that because it was a organization for children that it might be a nice idea to include them ..


Well this is what i came up with , ...

                                   Drum roll Please !!!!!!!


All kinda of cupcakes , different colors of frosting , and I like to believe it's a carmley cake .



Pink ones,

Yellow ones,

Pink and Purple swirl ones!


 I thought about what to make for quite awhile , and it hit me when a friend invites us to her daughters birthday party and my 6 year old asked "WILL THEY HAVE CUPCAKE!" wile giving me a huge smile , and that hit me hard , Kids love cupcakes , I LOVE cupcake , what person doesn't love cupcake, there are shows about cupcakes! cupcake fabric , cupcake bakeries or cupcakearies and cupcake wars , the world must love cupcakes , and wile i don't know anyone who can't smile or even give a little giggle when they have a cupcake in there hands .  I made them out of polymer clay , getting the bottoms right was kinda hard i wanted them to look like real cupcakes , not little round bottoms that just had lines on them , cupcakes have a little bit of a slant to them so getting that was kinda tricky but that's what i love about polymer clay , you can mess up , and smoosh it and start over again , so after some playing and some smooshing i got it the right shape , then i took some of the color i was using for the "frosting" and make a little cone and places it upside down on the top or else i would have had to make the coils of "frosting" very thick and it wouldn't have looked so pretty , At first i was going to just make them all one color however I thought if you go to a bakery , they don't just have one type or color , so i just went crazy with my colors but i also tryed to keep them in the shades you'd see in a real cupcake , and then i brushed the "cake" part with bronze colored pearl FX powder ( I LOVE that stuff) and it gave it such a pretty sheen , wile the sheen is not what you'd see on a cupcake , well they were not real cupcakes , what woman doesn't love her jewelry to have a little SPARKLE to it !!! so i also put pearl fx powder on the "frosting" yellow on the yellow and a violet pearlzed powder on the pink and purple ones . All in all i believe there just GORGEOUS!!!! I really enjoyed making them and i hope the people who received them loved them as much as i loved making them !!!  

Please check out the whole list of participants blogs to see what they made and there ideas and thought processes of there charms , Wile i haven't posted there work on here , I received 11 adorable charms including one of my own (which my 6yo promptly made me put on a chain and she had claimed it as her own ) my camera is dead and i have had some medical issues so i haven't been able to do anything for the past few weeks so i haven't gotten batteries but you can see the other charms in there blogs 

Also some are being auctioned off please go check that out , all the money will be going to Beads of Courage , it's a wonderful organization and cause , so please go and bid !!!  check out The Auction here! 


 Here is everyone elses blogs please Hop around.

Thank you and Enjoy!

Auction Site:

Alenka Obid

Alicia Marinache

Babette Cox

Carol Watson

Carolyn Chenault

Cassi Paslick

Charlene Jacka

Cheri Reed

Cheryl McCloud

Deb Kauzlarich

Denielle Hagerman

Emma Todd

Erin Prais-Hintz

Ginger Bishop

Inge vonRoos

Jean Peter

Jeannie K Dukic

Jennifer Cameron

Kia Dallons

Kimberly Roberts

Kristi Bowman

Lea Avroch

Leslie Schenkel

Linda Florian  <~~~~ you are here!

Lori Greenberg

Lynnea Bennett

Mallory Hoffman

Marcy Lamberson

Marsha Neal Studio

Maureen Connolly

Melissa Meman

Monique Urquhart

Natalie McKenna

Perri Jackson

Renetha Stanziano

Robin Koza

Shaiha Williams

Shannon Hicks

Shelby Foxwell

Shelley Graham Turner

Shirley Moore

Stephanie Haussler

Susan Kennedy

Toltec Jewels

Vanessa Gilkes


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Hoilday bling blog hop 2012

Hey everyone , I joined up to do the Holiday bling blog hop hosted by Shelley and Marlene (eveyones info will be at the end of the page , ...
I was parted with a newbie (her first blog posting is about this hop...) we made gifts for our partners , now in the middle of all this , I lost my Grandmother , and our family passed around a nasty bug, and some other personal issues came up (they seem to always arrive when you have things that MUST get done don't they ??? ) ... Anyway , you can check out what i sent my partner Gina and you can see it here on Gina's blog ....

She made me some lovely things , My blog must be short , please forgive me it's been a rough few days ... but i wanted to post the pictures and keep the blog hop going ...

She knew i loved jewelry making so she sent me some beautiful pendents ,

Gina made this one herself , i believe she made both of them but i have to check on that , If anything I'm wring is wrong i will glady re~do this , my mind is just crazy right now ...

SHE MADE THIS SNOWFLAKE (we both adored snowflakes ... ironically Ginas address has SNOWFLAKE in it .. i think that's awesome .. and it's sooo gorgeous ,
She send me a gorgeous neck lass and a apron for both me and my daughter , My camera died before i got pictures of it , and i need to go buy batteries ... so please sign up for updates for my blog and you can get notified when I update ..
Gina you where a awesome partner , I am so sorry that life got in the way , and I'm sorry that pictures are missing , but life had to come first ..
Now here are everyone who participated please check out everyone lovely items people had made and gifted ...
Check out the participants in the links below. This has been a lot of fun! And thanks for stopping by, I'll be posting again soon with some pictures of some of the jewelry and components that I enjoy making.

Michelle Fanucchi
Monique Urquhart
Therese Frank
Heather Otto
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Linda Florian   <---- You are here

Debbie Rasmussen
Alicia Marinache
Ginger Bishop
Lo/ Lynn Jobber
Leanne Loftus
Rita/Toltec Jewels
Shelly Joyce
Shai Williams
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lennis Carrier
Marla Gibson
Mary Howell Govaars
Linda Younkmann
Shirley Jones Moore http://​www.beadsandbread.blo​
Melinda Orr
Marlene Cupo
Shelley Graham Turner
Sonya Stille
Dyanne Cantrell
Anindita Basu
Dee Elgie
Gina Hockett are here
Lori Jean Poppe
Charlie Jacka
Stephanie Stamper (Woods)
Mary Hicks, Shannon Hicks                                         
Also just to make some smiles ... and hopefully be forgiven for messing up . but part of what life got in the way was a friend I've known since i was in 1st grade called me having no one to baby sit her daughter , My "niece" and of course i had to take her , then there was a family emrengery in her family so I've had my nice one to two times a week , and yes i could put the baby down and just go about doing my "work" packing up boxes ect .. but look at this face and tell me if you'd want to put her down ...?
My Little HARLEY QUINN !!!!

   The first day i had her , i pulled the blanket off her carrier and relized it was this itty bitty 8 lb baby !!! 

Even Lily adores our little Harley!!!

Friday, September 28, 2012


The AMAZING Jennifer , of Jenniferjangles  is giving away an AMAZING collection of holiday and other items ... it's a AMAZING collection , Go enter for a chance to win ... she has such amazing stuff , and shes such a wonderful artist , I wish i could spend the day with her and create with her ... so if you sign up and you win , Pretty please share a little something with the gal that sent you there :)

   Side note .... I'm sorry I've been lacking in postings , My grandmother passed a few weeks ago , and then a yucky tummy bug went thu my family , it seemed to go on forever !!! and then when that cleared up my best friend's mother in law was very sick and I was asked to take care of her 2 month old baby ... my little niece Harley Quinn ... OHHH How i ADORE here !!!!! shes in the smiley phase and soooo alert , holding her head up and she cooooos and babbles to me and it's the SWEETEST thing ever !!! and it's made some of the bad days , tolerable because i knew I'd have the sweet baby a few days later and it was so nice ...
but i shall be up and blogging soon ,

I have the holiday bling blog hop , to chat about (i was sick and everything happened so quickly my items are a little late being sent to my partner , i feel awful for that )

Also I have the Beads of Courage art bead charm swap ... everyone makes 11 art bead charms , send them to our host , and we get 11 beads back , some go to be auctioned off to be sold for Beads of Courage which is for kids in the hospital ... it's a great cause ... so I'll be back soon and be posting more !!
Thanks for your understanding and please enter her giveaway ... and remember me please

Friday, August 17, 2012

Another big reveal !! this time with LINKS !

.         Well I had a new challenge ,To use links ,


            And let me tell you this was NOT easy i have no problem admitting it the links are so pretty , and they snap together to form a chain , but the Challenging part was that Peggy asked us NOT to use them as just a chain , but to use them with other materials , and I received them and wow they were soo cool i had a fun time just playing with them , but then i got down to work , I got to work on it , the  links alone screamed FALLING LEAVES !!!! ... i finished it , and saw it and decided it needed to have something "fixed" and well i broke what was holding it the way i needed it ... so i fixed it again , and boy am I nervous and slightly intimidated , I cruised around the blogs in the challenge and there are some INCREDIBLE pieces !!!! but I really LOVE my piece and I AM proud of it ! but it's a little nerve racking when your up against some really great jewelry makers :) and they all did awesome jobs , please  visit   Peggy's blog , Charming Peggi's  to vote on the one you love the best the prize is a gift certificate to Peggy's store  , of course  i would LOVE it if you voted for me ,  please vote for the one YOU love the best , I have great respect for everyone who took this on because it was thinking WAY WAY WAY outside the box and i want the best to win , ...... and without further chit chat .... here is my entry ....

                                 I call it Falling Leaves ,

I thought it looked like a willow tree with there long branches with long leave on them , there was a beautiful willow tree in the field across from my best friends apartment long ago , shes passed on now , but i remember playing under the willows , please enjoy , and hope to the other entry's below and go vote and thanks so much for stopping by !!!

                                            The other link challenge entry's ....

                                                                      Ilenia Ruzza
                           Linda Florian <<---- this is me

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

All the pictures from the Bead Soup Blog party #6....

Well here are the rest of my pieces i made for the Bead Soup Blog Party !

Now my lovely partner gave me a few pieces I could use and put together , to make one piece and she has said that if i wanted i could use them separately , and i fiddled and tested and what I came up with is something I truly adore !!!!  I hope you do as well , so without further interruption , here is my whole Bead Soup Blog Party #6 Set ...

Useing my focal .....
This is my other piece that used my focal piece , I was given a few to be used as I wished , I came up with this and I have to admit I fell in LOVE !!! , It's a Brass flower, that is bent with a curve so it sits on the wrist really well, Added to it are two brass links ,I added some pretty Dangles with the black and green beads that came with my soup and were used in my necklace , I also used the swirly wire that I (and everyone else) LOVED !!! this time I wanted it to have a little more weight to it so I slipped a gold pearl inside it , It needed just a little something then i remembered that I had also I received a long ribbon of sari cloth , which was sooo pretty and after I finished the bracelet and was trying to think of something else to just make it complete I was flipping around in a magazine, and noticed a few pieces in there that had silk ribbon or sari cloth just tied on , and I thought I'd try it and it worked wonderfully and i ADORE IT!!!.. I LOVE THIS PIECE SOO much I hope you guys like it as well ....  

                                   The gallery below are the pair of earring I made to just finish off the piece set , I love making earrings , they are my favorite things to make because you can do so much with out using allot of materials and a simple pair of earrings can really complete a look ....... They are made with the frosted green beads from my soup that were used in my necklace , (those beads were my FAVORITE.. I wish i had a huge jar full !!!!!!!) and the green crystals , as well as small creamy green crystals to make them have the graduated look , then again I HAD to add the swirly beads because ... well JUST because , and because i adore danglys on my pieces I put a few little green crystals on headpins and hooked them on there ........ the two of them ON me were taken by my 6yo Lily , and i thought they looked kinda cool , so i had to put them on because she was SOOOO proud of having taken them ,

Picture by Lily May
pictures by Lily May

                                Well I hope you guys all enjoyed .... I know i LOVED making all of my pieces , as well as the challenge posed by receiving beads you don't know if you'll love , if the colors will be something u use , and IF your imagination will go to the places you need it to ..I wanted to clear it up , ... All of my pieces were done on time , I had issues with my camera , this may not matter to some , and some may have been upset that they were not all done at the same time , I just did NOT think to take pictures days in advance (besides it was raining buckets for 3 days ! ) But ... I had gotten pictures of my necklace , and my daughter needed something , I stopped to get her lunch , and came back to finish and my camera was dead , and i had NO batteries , (ain't that always the way ?) .. anyway , i had no car to go anyplace and my husband did not get them even tho i asked him , but he works 12 hours a day and i felt bad nagging him to pick up batteries after 12 hours at work , well anyway i got batteries today , and got some pictures of EVERYTHING , I made the necklace which you saw , and i got sooo many lovely comments on and i thank you all for that , they made me feel really good !!! .. I really enjoyed it , the one thing i learned ... TAKE PICTURES AFTER YOUR DONE !!! so you get the PICTURES ALL UP AT THE SAME DANG TIME ... that and KEEP BATTERIES FOR YOUR CAMERA ON HAND AT ALL TIMES !!!!!!  

             I hope you guys comment .... and show me some Beading love :) ...
Thanks y'all .....
Linda ...

Saturday, August 11, 2012

My Bead soup party #6 reveal

This is my reveal .... I will be coming back later on in the weekend to add a picture of the other piece i made with the gorgeous focal that my lovely partner sent me , If you want to check out her reveal check her out here    she did such a amazing job , it's so fun to see what a Pile of beads turns into in the hands of someone ,   well my pile of beads turned into this  ... She gave me the lovely clasp , the black green and clear crystals , as well as the awesome green and black puffy twisted frosted beads which i ADORED and wished i had oodles of them ... OK enough talk I'm sure you want to SEE what i made , ...... alright *gulp* ... nerves setting in .... OK .... here we go ...

There you have it , my creation ..... I though it came out really beautiful ... it hangs really pretty , the open swirly links , the hallow floral beads an the gemstone chips are mine ....
As promised I shall post soon the other piece i made that's floral and beautiful .... don't want to give away to much about it .....

Please check out all the the other people who participated in the Bead Soup , and ENJOY !!! and be inspired , and please comment on people pages so they can feel the love !!!
and thanks sooo much for checking out mine
Please check out Lori Anderson's site for all the beady goodness , and to see the first reveal and the 3rd reveal in another week , and to check out some amazing artist , check out there Blogs , there Etsy sites and to see when the next bead soup blog party is so maybe you can be doing what I'm doing this time ... It's how i got involved in it , and I'm sooo glad i did and i hope i get to do it again !!!!

Thanks for stopping by , come back soon ,

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Gearing up for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party reveal #2


The 6th Bead soup Blog Party is having is second reveal ....

THIS SATURDAY August 11th... And I'm one small part of it ...

This is just 1 of 3 reveals , since there were 400 people taking part ... IMAGINE THAT 400 people , all sending a gorgeous group of beads to a person most had never met before , and the receiver had to take what they got and make something out of it , the only rule was you MUST send a focal , and clasp *not a plain old lobster clasp* and you MUST use the focal and clasp , it did not have to be in the same piece , but you did have to use them , most people send beads and baubles and buttons of all shapes and sizes , made out of glass, Lucite,shell, lava,gemstones , crystals,copper, silver, gold,big , small , huge , tiny, store bought , hand made, art bead  , from far and wide , so come and see what we've made with pride , and that was given with love and made just right , see colors of blues and colors of green , purple , yellow and things in between , we have multi and chromatic , bracelets and rings , come one and come all to see all  the marvelous things !!!

Please come back and check up on me This Saturday and see what I made ..... you'll get to see what I received , what I made and hop on over to my delightful partner and see what i gave her , and what lovelies she came up with ..... See you in a few day :) ... I cant wait !!!!


Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure
Amy Severino, Amy Beads

Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads

Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead

Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio

Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads

Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations
Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae

Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
                    yup thats me~~~~>Linda Florian, Lilys of the Valley Jewelry Creations
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders

Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place

Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle

Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads

Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends

Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art